I am active on several social media forums and see some Notary Signing Agents complaining about the competition in their area taking away their business, fees offered that do not allow them to make a living and complaints from others that the business is slow and there is little work.
This industry has become flooded with a lot of hopeful NSAs who have been misled to believe that this is a quick and easy way to make a lot of money. I know for a fact that it doesn't take too long before they realize that this job is not what they thought it would be and they are out of business. This industry has always been one that is busy for long periods of time with periods of time when it is slow. The true professionals understand this and prepare for it.
My advice to my students is to work very hard getting in with as many companies as they can. We offer our graduates a list of companies who are top rated companies seeking highly trained certified Notary Signing Agents. It takes a lot of time and patience to reach out to them and to provide them with whatever documentation they require. It requires repeat phone calls and emails. Be the squeaky wheel so they remember you and where you are located. You WILL start to get calls. When you do, make sure that you get enough money to, not just pay your expenses, but are able to make a decent profit. Otherwise you will be one of those who quickly go out of business.
Treat every signing as though it was the only one you have! Do your best to be error free and give great customer service. It only takes a couple of signings to rise above the rest and become a company’s GO TO person.
And lastly, diversify! We offer additional training so that our graduates can add other skills to their businesses which allow them to continue to earn money even if times are a little slow. Do General Notary Work (GNW) as well. There is so much you can do to get this business and it can be very lucrative.
Instead of whining and complaining spend your valuable time doing something to put yourself above the rest! Believe in yourself because your failure is YOUR FAILURE, no one else’s!